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Information Literacy Tutorial

Self paced modules help you learn how to be a confident and competent researcher. How to know when you need information, what kind, how much, and how to seek, find, evaluate, and effectively use information.

About this tutorial & modules

Welcome to College of the Redwoods Information Literacy modules. The modules include videos, tutorials, and quizzes to help you acquire critical thinking skills about research and information. You will prompted to register with your WebAdvisor username, your student ID number, and your email address. Videos, tutorials, and quizzes will open in a new window or new tab, which you can close when done, and you won’t lose your progress. The lesson modules presented here are organized in eight sections, and start with the "Start" tab (Number 1) and end with the "Finish" tab (Number 8).

What is Information Literacy? Short Version!

Information literacy is the ability to understand

  • when you need to know something, and
  • what you need to know, and
  • how to find and
  • how to use that information

What is Information Literacy? Long Version!

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."  Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. Because of the escalating complexity of this environment, individuals are faced with diverse, abundant information choices--in their academic studies, in the workplace, and in their personal lives. Information is available through libraries, community resources, special interest organizations, media, and the Internet--and increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. In addition, information is available through multiple media, including graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding it. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally